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King Canute needed in North Carolina

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Despite mis-tellings of the tale, the Anglo-Saxon King Canute did not attempt to hold back the sea: rather, he was trying to make a point to over-adulatory courtiers. He fully expected that the sea would rise, demonstrating his lack of godly powers, and so it did.

In North Carolina, legislators want to make it illegal to predict rising sea levels due to global warming.

“It’s a death sentence for coastal North Carolina,” said Tom Thompson, who leads the coastal business group, known as NC-20 for its representation of 20 coastal counties. “It could quite frankly kill development on the coast.”

If this isn’t legislating the sea to stay down, it’s certainly the next-best thing to it. But in a country where the teaching of evolution is increasingly under the gun and an increasing number of folks think the Second Coming is at hand, perhaps we should not be too surprised. Recall that it was in the benighted state of Indiana that the value of pi was once legislatively changed—although the measure, in fairness, didn’t pass the Senate.

But perhaps we shouldn’t be too quick to sneer. Here at home, Harper’s war on science has now reached the point of placing government scientists in the care of “minders” to ensure that facts and data don’t get in the way of ideology. Research stations are being closed, lest they spread false doctrine. Dangerous data are no longer being collected, and the harvesters of these tares are being sent into the wilderness. A creationist, Gary Goodyear, is the Minister of Science and Technology.

Meanwhile, in Greenland…but I’ve probably said too much. Is that a knock at the door?


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